I spent the entire morning writing a message then recording it. I sent it to YouTube to process, and came back to the office @ 5:00 pm to finish the work and send out this edition of the Weird Times newsletter.
The first thing I checked was the video - which had attached to it this message: "this is too long - cannot process." Of course,
I was really disappointed, and I was ticked!
I'd spent all morning writing and recording something that now wouldn't work.
The irony is that the message was titled
"No Problems Only Opportunities,"
• having a good attitude in challenging times
• continuing to move forward when life tries to stop us, and
• finding light when we are surrounded by darkness.
The problem now? I have a rotten attitude and I'm pretty frustrated. All that work it would seem, for nothing.
I offer that snippet because it gives you a window to the ministry, or at very least my ministry. I want you to know that when I share ideas about life and faith on Sunday or in newsletters, I don't do it because I think I've somehow figured life out. I surely have not. Or, that I preach because I have it together more than others. I do not.
Instead, it is probably just the opposite. I'm someone who is in the world of faith because I need it. And when I preach or make videos reminding us to see the opportunities in the challenges we face, I do it not as an authority - but instead because I need those reminders myself and figure that others might, too.
I hope this makes a little bit of sense. In the meantime, I think I need to go home and watch my too-long-for-YouTube video about staying positive when things are not going your way. This preacher needs to do a better job of practicing what he preaches.